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    imac g4 need to free up hard drive space
    could one of the forum members tell the best way to free up space on my hard drive ?

    imac g4 power pac. I don't have a start up disc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    could one of the forum members tell the best way to free up space on my hard drive ?
    Ways to free up space on an HD:

    - delete the "junk" (old stuff you never use & don't need)
    - move some stuff from the iMac's HD to an external HD (then delete those items for the iMac's internal HD).
    - "burn" stuff you want to save to a CD or DVD…then delete them from the iMac's HD
    - move items from the iMac's HD to a USB drive/stick (then delete those items from the iMac's HD).

    Any one or a combination of these suggestions will get the job done.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Disk inventory X will help you identify what is using up all that space.

    Do you use iPhoto by the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    Disk inventory X will help you identify what is using up all that space.

    Do you use iPhoto by the way
    Yes I use I photo. How do I get to disc inventory x? what key strokes do I need to do ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    How do I get to disc inventory x?
    You do a Google search to find out what website it's available from...and to learn more about the program.

    Or some nice, intelligent, helpful, good-looking, studly, "modest" person does that for you!

    Disk Inventory X

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Or some nice, intelligent, helpful, good-looking, studly, "modest" person does that for you!


    Hard to find them little devils!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
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    Hard to find them little devils!
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Okay what do I do after I use disc inventory x and free up some space , do I delete it or keep it installed ?

    Sorry I am not that computer savy .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    Okay what do I do after I use disc inventory x and free up some space , do I delete it or keep it installed ?

    Sorry I am not that computer savy .
    This is entirely your decision…it's your computer.

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    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Well what I mean is doesn't disc inventory x take up space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    Well what I mean is doesn't disc inventory x take up space?
    Ahh…that's does clarify what you asked earlier (I thought that you were asking some thing else)!

    But again it's kind of the same answer…it's up to you. Is the amount of space Disk Inventory X takes up significant? Do you feel like you will never need it again?

    If the answer is "Yes & Yes"…delete it!

    - Nick

    p.s. Of course if you delete Disk Inventory X…and you need it again…you could always redownload it (assuming it remains a free product).
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    wow that is very true pigoo, it is free now but may not stay that way. Anyway, I like having it, it is cool to have and see all the stuff in colors and in proportion, I am not completely sure how to use it tho I did free up some space. I was hoping it would then make my unit faster , it is slightly faster but I was hoping for more speed. I am learning computers as I go so my learning curve is big. one thing I am having trouble with is not being able(permission) to empty the trash after getting rid of files .I get a prompt that says I can't throw this away because it is in use ? I still get a lot of beachball
    which drives me insane . I have to do restarts to get rid of it . I empty the cache and delete cookies and clear the history all the time just to do normal web surfing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    wow that is very true pigoo, it is free now but may not stay that way. Anyway, I like having it, it is cool to have and see all the stuff in colors and in proportion, I am not completely sure how to use it tho I did free up some space. I was hoping it would then make my unit faster , it is slightly faster but I was hoping for more speed.
    You have to keep in mind…this iMac G4 is 8-10 years old. This is like a "Ford Model T" in the computer world…so you have to expect some performance/speed issues.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    You have to keep in mind…this iMac G4 is 8-10 years old. This is like a "Ford Model T" in the computer world…so you have to expect some performance/speed issues.

    - Nick
    yeah LOL("Model T") I just want the beachballs and the browser quitting to stop . I have to restart to get back online . maddening , didn't use to do this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss581 View Post
    yeah LOL("Model T") I just want the beachballs and the browser quitting to stop . I have to restart to get back online . maddening , didn't use to do this .
    The "computing world" gets more & more complex as the years go on…while the performance abilities of an 8-10 year-old computer have remained the same.

    So for every year that goes by…what the computer his being asked to do gets harder & harder. Multiply this by 8-10 years…and we have a slow/very slow computer!

    It's really not that the computer has gotten slower…as much as what it's being asked to do has gotten harder!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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